Application due: January 10, 2013
McKnight Advancement Grants
The McKnight Advancement Grants recognize playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the field, and whose primary residence is in the state of Minnesota. Two grants of $25,000 each will be awarded in the 2013-14 season, funded by the Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation as part of its Arts Program. The grants are intended to significantly advance recipients' playwriting development and their careers. Additional funds of $2,000 can be used to support a play development workshop and other professional expenses.
Past recipients include: David Adjmi, Carlyle Brown, Lisa D'Amour, Barbara Field, Keli Garrett, Jeffrey Hatcher, Melanie Marnich, Greg Moss, Kira Obolensky, and Dominic Orlando.
Applications are screened for eligibility by the Playwrights' Center and evaluated by an initial select panel of professional theater artists; finalists are then evaluated by a second panel of national theater artists. Selection is based on artistic excellence and professional achievement, and is guided by the Playwrights' Center's mission statement. Playwrights' Center staff do not participate in selection decisions.
Questions may be addressed to Artistic Administrator Amanda Robbins-Butcher.Back to Top
Christina Ham's plays have been developed both nationally and internationally with the Center Theater Group, Goodman Theater, Guthrie Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, Off-Broadway at the SPF Summer Play Festival, SteppingStone Theatre, and the Tokyo International Arts Festival, among others. Christina is the recipient of a McKnight Advancement Grant and Jerome Fellowship from the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, the Marianne Murphy Women & Philanthropy Award in Playwriting, and a 2006 MacDowell Residency. She is a two-time nominee for the Cherry Lane Theatre Mentorship Program, a nominee for the L. Arnold Weissberger Award, and was nominated for the Center Theater Group's Richard E. Sherwood Award for Distinguished Emerging Theater Artist. She has received commissions from the Guthrie Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Red Eye Theater, among others. Her feature-length screenplay Booker was a finalist for Tribeca Film Institute's All Access program. Her plays are published by Dramatic Publishing, Heinemann, PlayScripts, Inc., and Smith and Kraus. A graduate of the University of Southern California and UCLA's M.F.A. Playwriting program, Christina is a Core Writer of the Playwrights' Center and a member playwright of the Workhaus Collective and the Dramatists Guild of America.
Cory Hinkle's plays include A Disappearance in Two Parts, The Killing of Michael X, Little Eyes, SadGrrl13, Phosphorescence, and Cipher. He is the recipient of a McKnight Advancement Grant, two Jerome fellowships, a MAP Fund Grant and a Jerome Travel and Study Grant. Most recently, he was the recipient of a PWC/NET Grant to co-create Brecht's Brain with Theatre Novi Most. He is a co-creator of Fissures (lost and found), which was co-commissioned by Actors Theater of Louisville and the Playwrights' Center and premiered at the 2010 Humana Festival. His play Little Eyes was produced in a Workhaus Collective production at the Guthrie Theater and he has been commissioned twice to write a play for the Guthrie's graduating class of B.F.A. students. His writing has been produced or developed at Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, American Repertory Theatre, Minneapolis' Southern Theater (with Dominique Serrand and Steve Epp's Moving Company), the Williamstown Theater Festival, SPF Summer Play Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, Ars Nova, Illusion Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Salvage Vanguard, P73 Productions, Hangar Theater, and Red Eye Collective, among others. He is a former MacDowell Colony fellow, resident at the Hermitage Artist's Retreat and Tofte Lake Center. His work is published by Heinemann, Playscripts Inc. and Dramatic Publishing. He is a Core Alumnus of the Playwrights' Center, a member playwright of the Workhaus Collective and he earned his M.F.A. in Playwriting from Brown University. More info at www.coryhinkle.com.